Guns N’ Roses (American hard rock band from Los Angeles)

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Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1985. When they signed to Geffen Records in 1986, the band comprised vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. The current lineup consists of Rose, Slash, McKagan, guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese.

Guns N' Roses' debut album, Appetite for Destruction (1987), reached number one on the Billboard 200 a year after its release, on the strength of the top 10 singles "Welcome to the Jungle", "Paradise City", and "Sweet Child o' Mine", the band's only single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The album has sold approximately 30 million copies worldwide, including 18 million units in the United States, making it the country's bestselling debut album and eleventh-bestselling album. Their next studio album, G N' R Lies (1988), reached number two on the Billboard 200, sold ten million copies worldwide (including five million in the U.S.), and included the top 5 hit "Patience". Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, recorded simultaneously and released in 1991, debuted at number two and number one on the Billboard 200 respectively and have sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide (including 14 million units in the U.S.). The Illusion albums included the lead single "You Could Be Mine", covers of "Live and Let Die" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", and a trilogy of ballads ("Don't Cry", "November Rain", and "Estranged"), which featured notably high-budget music videos. The records were supported by the Use Your Illusion Tour, a world tour that lasted from 1991 to 1993. The covers album "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993) was the last studio album to feature Slash and McKagan before their initial departure.

Work on a follow-up album stalled due to creative differences between band members; by 1998 only Rose and Reed remained from the Illusion-era lineup. Rose, wanting to expand the band's sound with industrial & electronic elements, enrolled an eclectic lineup of musicians, including punk bassist Tommy Stinson, virtuoso guitarist Buckethead, synth-player Chris Pitman and several touring members of Nine Inch Nails, among others. After a decade of work, Guns N' Roses's long-awaited sixth studio album, Chinese Democracy (2008), was released, featuring the title track as lead single. At an estimated $14 million in production costs, it is the most expensive rock album in history. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, but undersold industry expectations despite a mostly positive critical reception. Following the expansive Chinese Democracy Tour, Slash and McKagan rejoined the band in 2016 for the Not in This Lifetime... Tour, which became the third-highest-grossing concert tour on record, grossing over $584 million by its conclusion in 2019.

In their early years, the band's hedonism and rebelliousness drew comparisons to the early Rolling Stones and earned them the nickname "the most dangerous band in the world". The band's classic lineup, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, its first year of eligibility. Guns N' Roses have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 45 million in the United States, making them one of the best-selling acts in history.

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1987Appetite for DestructionGuns N’ Roses4.456
1988G N’ R LiesGuns N’ Roses2.818
1991Use Your Illusion IGuns N’ Roses4.4518
1991Use Your Illusion IIGuns N’ Roses4.4521
1993“The Spaghetti Incident?”Guns N’ Roses3.311
2008Chinese DemocracyGuns N’ Roses4.214

Album + Compilation

1987Welcome To The SessionsGuns N’ Roses1
1998Use Your Illusion (USA specific compilation consisting entirely of songs without profanity, except “bullshit” in “14 Years”)Guns N’ Roses2
1998Welcome To The VideosGuns N’ Roses1
20013 Original CDsGuns N’ Roses1
2004Greatest HitsGuns N’ Roses515
2009The Very Best of Guns N’ RosesGuns N’ Roses1
20112 for 1: Appetite for Destruction + G N’R LiesGuns N’ Roses1
Guns N’ Roses: Best BalladsGuns N’ Roses1
The Best HitsGuns N’ Roses1

Album + Live

1991Shattered IllusionGuns N’ Roses1
1992Chicago 1992Guns N’ Roses1
1992Use Your Illusion I & II World Tour – 1992 in TokyoGuns N’ Roses2
1999Live Era ’87–’93Guns N’ Roses411
2003Use Your Illusion I: World Tour – 1992 in TokyoGuns N’ Roses2
2004Use Your Illusion II: World Tour – 1992 in TokyoGuns N’ Roses1
20051992-12-05: Night of the Livid Red Head: Estadio River Plate, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGuns N’ Roses2
2014Appetite for Democracy: Live at the Hard Rock Casino - Las VegasGuns N’ Roses5
2014Guns N’ Roses on the RadioGuns N’ Roses3
2015Reflexion (Live at the Ritz N.Y.C. 1988)Guns N’ Roses6
2016Live – Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile. December 2nd 1992Guns N’ Roses1
2016Greatest Hits Live On Air 1989–’91Guns N’ Roses4
2017Live In Japan 1988Guns N’ Roses2
2017Not In This Lifetime...Tokyo #2Guns N’ Roses1
2018Sin City Illusion II: 2016-04-09 Las Vegas, NVGuns N’ Roses3
2019Bad ObsessionGuns N’ Roses1
2019Live in ChicagoGuns N’ Roses2
2019Live American Radio BroadcastGuns N’ Roses1
2019Live Radio BroadcastGuns N’ Roses1
2019Live in New YorkGuns N’ Roses1
2019Live in ChicagoGuns N’ Roses1
2019Mr. BrownstoneGuns N’ Roses1
2019The Illusion BroadcastGuns N’ Roses3
2019Free FallinGuns N’ Roses2
2019Rocket QueenGuns N’ Roses1
2019Wild HorsesGuns N’ Roses1
2019Sweet ChildGuns N’ Roses1
2019Double Talkin' JiveGuns N’ Roses1
2019Right Next Door to HellGuns N’ Roses1
2019My MichelleGuns N’ Roses1
2019Deer Greek 1991 / The Illusion BroadcastGuns N’ Roses1
2021Nothing Lasts Forever (the full 1993 Argentina broadcast)Guns N’ Roses1
2021Deer Creek 1991 (live radio broadcast)Guns N’ Roses1


1987It’s So EasyGuns N’ Roses1
1988Sweet Child o’ Mine / Welcome to the JungleGuns N’ Roses3
1988Sweet Child o’ MineGuns N’ Roses6
1988Welcome to the JungleGuns N’ Roses3
1989Paradise CityGuns N’ Roses3
1989NightrainGuns N’ Roses1
1989PatienceGuns N’ Roses2
1991You Could Be MineGuns N’ Roses5
1991Don’t CryGuns N’ Roses1
1991Live and Let DieGuns N’ Roses3
1992November RainGuns N’ Roses4
1992Knockin’ on Heaven’s DoorGuns N’ Roses4
1992Civil WarGuns N’ Roses4
1992YesterdaysGuns N’ Roses4
1993Ain’t It FunGuns N’ Roses2
1993EstrangedGuns N’ Roses2
1994Sympathy for the DevilGuns N’ Roses10
1994Since I Don’t Have YouGuns N’ Roses4
2008Chinese DemocracyGuns N’ Roses2
2008BetterGuns N’ Roses1
2018Shadow of Your LoveGuns N’ Roses3
2021AbsurdGuns N’ Roses2
2021Hard SkoolGuns N’ Roses41

Single + Live

2018Welcome to the Jungle (1986 Sound City session)Guns N’ Roses1
2018Move to the City (1988 acoustic version)Guns N’ Roses1


1993The “Civil War” EPGuns N’ Roses1
2022Hard Skool EPGuns N’ Roses1

EP + Live

1986Live ?!★꩜ Like a SuicideGuns N’ Roses1
1987Guns N’ Roses (Live From the Jungle)Guns N’ Roses3

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